Welcome to the School of History

With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.



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PG Skills Training
Thurs, 1 February
Professor Riccardo Bavaj

PhD (1st year) Preparing for the first-year progress review.
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 1 Feburary
Perin Westerhof Nyman (University of St Andrews)
‘Material Mourning and Meaning: the politics of dule in Scottish
royal funerals, c. 1537-1542’
Chelsea Reutcke
‘Royal Patrons of Catholic Print under the Stuarts, 1660-1688’
Paul Magrati, ‘Mutable Memory: Burns’s Legacy and Scottish Politics from 1914 to 2014’
5.30 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

For full information about the seminar programme please click here